Beat Daytime Fatigue for good
Just as hunger is a sign you need to refuel, fatigue is your body asking you to rest because of low energy reserves. The problem in our hectic modern day lives is that rather than listening to what our body is telling us, we tend to override it with caffeine, sugar and stimulants to help us get through the day. What’s fascinating is that tiredness is an energetic sensation – and in Chinese Medicine the time of day that you experience fatigue is key to pin pointing the cause. What is Fatigue? Fatigue is a sign of imbalance, which is led by the organs. In Chinese Medicine we have an organ clock that represents the time of the day when each organ is functioning optimally and has the most energy. So the time of day you tend to feel tired will point to a particular organ deficiency or imbalance. If you are tired in the morning, this is linked to your digestion. *7-9am Stomach If out of balance, symptoms that may arise include acid reflux, stomach ulcer, bad breath and a muzzy head. *9-11am Spleen The spleen extracts nutrients from food, transforms it into energy and transports it to other organ systems. Imbalances may show up as loose stools, bloating after meals, craving sweets, and low energy. If the fatigue hits you around lunchtime, this is linked in Chinese Medicine to your cardiovascular system. *11am-1pm Heart *1-3pm Small Intestine Afternoon fatigue points to your kidneys and bladder. *3-5pm Urinary Bladder This is a time of the day when you can feel a dip in energy levels, especially if you are not well-hydrated. This is why we traditionally take tea at this time of day. *5-7pm Kidney Dark circles under your eyes are a sign of Kidney depletion. Some people just feel exhausted all day long. This could obviously point to any number of medical issues so please speak to your GP if you are concerned. In Chinese Medicine this signposts to all of your organs being deficient and imbalanced – and we’d say you need to support them all! Why does stress make us more tired? When we get stressed the body takes blood flow away from peripheral organs – such as skin – to provide muscles with energy. This makes us look and feel tired. The stress response also has a knock-on effect on the kidneys – the energy batteries of our body. If not allowed to rest, they will in turn get stressed. This contributes to deterioration and general lowering of energy levels as you age. How the Hayo’u Method can help Fatigue is a sign of imbalance within your body. Strengthening the organs which are weak and need support will help restore that balance. We need to boost your energy levels in exactly the same way we’d eat to satisfy hunger pangs. The energy that fuels your body comes from the food you eat and the air you breathe. If those processes are not working well, you’ll become low on energy. Poor digestion often makes you feel tired right after meals, because your body is diverting all your energy into digesting what you’ve eaten. So proper breathing, digestion and good energy flow around the body are all crucial to keep your energy levels up. Most of us can’t go off and lie down in an office as in Asia (where they recognise the importance of this!) Which is where the Hayo’u Method comes in. You can practice our one-minute rituals anywhere and anytime to help your body’s energy levels. If you always seem to get tired at a specific time of day, this is when you should be practising our rituals. The two rituals below in particular will help to combat daytime fatigue: Rescue Breath Ritual Improve your breathing in just one-minute. The single most effective way to reduce your stress levels is to take conscious, deep, abdominal breaths. By moving your awareness out of your head and into your breath, your heart rate slows, your mind is calmed, and your blood oxygenated. Deep breathing engages your parasympathetic nervous system, which is your bodies ‘rest’ mode. 1) Expel stale air by breathing in through the nose and purposefully out through the mouth three times. This is to clear the stagnation that accumulates overnight and during stressful periods. 2)Slowly take five deep breaths. On each exhalation allow your mental energy to descend down through the body, leaving you feeling calm and centered. 3)During exhalation, direct a smile into the lower abdomen. This sends a positive mental intention right to the energetic centre of the body. Focus on drumming your kidney area to directly support the adrenals by oxygenating the area and unblocking Qi stagnation. It’s widely believed that twisting supports the kidneys and adrenals. Stop doing any exercise which produces cortisol – like running, gym, boxing etc. Take gentle exercise instead, outside if at all possible. Natural light affects the pineal gland and will help reset your brains stress response. Walking, swimming and Pilates are all fantastic, relaxing workouts which don’t stress your body further. In the evening, have a long soak with Epsoms Salts and practise an extended version of our Rescue Breath Ritual. Magnesium supercharges the water to relieve stress and induce sleep. The combination of water, deep breathing and the bath minerals will help reduce anxiety levels and switch your nervous system into its rest phase. A final tip – get some quality sleep; According to Chinese Medicine, your body gets rid of toxins while you sleep. If you’re not getting enough rest, those toxins will accumulate in your body, causing stagnation and fatigue.
What You'll Need
- Epsom salts
What You'll Do
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